an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər \

Definition of anger 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism (see antagonism sense 1b) You could hear the anger in his voice. She found it hard to control her anger.


angered; angering\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (someone) angry He was angered by the decision.

intransitive verb

: to become angry a man who angers easily

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Other Words from anger


angerless \ ˈaŋ-​gər-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for anger

Synonyms: Noun

angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Synonyms: Verb

enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, mad, madden, outrage, rankle, rile, roil, steam up, tick off

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

Antonyms: Verb

delight, gratify, please

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anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered


anger, rage, and fury mean the feelings brought about by great displeasure. anger can be used of either a strong or a mild feeling. I was able to hide my anger. rage is used of strong violent feeling that is difficult to control. He was screaming with rage. fury is used of overwhelming rage that may cause a person to become violent. In their fury the people smashed windows.

Examples of anger in a Sentence


He couldn't hide his anger with us. You could hear the anger in his voice. The group expressed its anger over the company's arrogance. He said that he had no anger towards the person who shot him. He never raised his voice in anger. She was shaking in anger.


They were shocked and angered by the company's arrogance. He was angered to learn that he had been fired. It angered me that she would say something like that. He's a gentle man who's not easily angered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Real, genuine anger arises from hurt and the need to create change. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 Instead, she’s seen through a combination of numbness and anger. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Kristen gives us a range of emotions, from tears to anger. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 Giving conservation a bad name Second, even if images of people are not used or shared, camera traps can still generate fear and anger—and this can lead to local opposition to camera trapping. Rogelio Luque-lora, Bill Adams, Ars Technica, "Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy," 24 Nov. 2018 This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 The war next door in Syria, political turmoil, terrorism and anger at Iran’s rising influence in the country mean fewer tourists are coming. The Economist, "Why a mayor in Lebanon has dressed policewomen in hot pants," 12 July 2018 But many diplomats fear Trump's anger over defense spending will overshadow the summit. Michael Birnbaum, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says Germany 'is captive to Russia' in fiery opening salvo against NATO," 11 July 2018 Unrest in the city fueled by anger over the acquittal of four white police officers who allegedly beat a black motorist opened a door for his message. Jeff Truesdell,, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In recent months protests have broken out after developers cut prices on new apartments, angering homeowners who feared that property values were on the verge of collapse. WSJ, "Chinese Consumers Curb Spending, Likely Deepening Slowdown," 3 Jan. 2019 In 2012, the city government of Tokyo announced a loosening of restrictions needed to serve the fish, angering some who had devoted years of study (and money) to gain the right to do so before. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018 But as many pointed out, there are often no real negative repercussions for this type of behavior from Trump, outside of angering a segment of the population. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Donald Trump Calls Stormy Daniels 'Horseface' on Twitter," 16 Oct. 2018 Facebook's current data crisis involving Cambridge Analytica has angered users and prompted government investigations. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "D.C. Attorney General Files Suit Against Facebook Over Privacy," 19 Dec. 2018 Officials inside the White House, like National Security Adviser John Bolton, were reportedly angered by the decision not to make the sanctions harsher and chose not to join Pompeo and Mnuchin for the press call over it. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US will impose new sanctions on Iran next week," 2 Nov. 2018 Spencer Platt/Getty Images Two weeks before the midterms, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found that calls to impeach Trump, along with undocumented immigrants crossing the border, were the issues that angered the Republican base most. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a small, Trumpy group of House Republicans wants to keep a check on Democrats," 29 Nov. 2018 The Kremlin was planning on raising the retirement age in Russia, an issue that angered Russians across the political spectrum. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, Alexei Navalny, released from jail then immediately detained again," 25 Sep. 2018 Sandberg and Kaplan were reportedly afraid naming the Russians might anger Republican politicians. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Who does Facebook fire after a bombshell New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of anger


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun and Verb

Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein

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The first known use of anger was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry



English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry


an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər \
angered; angering

Kids Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make strongly displeased : make angry



Kids Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of displeasure or annoyance and often of active opposition to an insult, injury, or injustice

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